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October 22, 2017 9:15 PM UPDATE 2-Slovenian President Pahor fails to win majority, faces runoff

LJUBLJANA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Slovenian President Borut Pahor will face a second-round election on Nov. 12 after he fell short of a majority in Sunday's first round, as he tries to win a second five-year mandate. With 99 percent of the vote counted, according to the State Election Commission, Pahor had 47.1 percent of the vote. In next month's runoff 5

October 22, 2017 4:32 PM Pope calls for 'constructive dialogue' in Kenya

Pope Francis on Sunday called for constructive dialogue in Kenya where he said he was following the situation with "close attention" over disputed elections. "I am paying close attention in these days to Kenya, which I visited in 2015," Francis told pilgrims and tourists gathered for the Angelus prayer. Francis said he was praying "that the whole country 3

October 22, 2017 2:42 PM Japanese Prime Minister Abe heads to impressive election win

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's ruling coalition appeared headed to an impressive win in national elections on Sunday, in what would represent an endorsement for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nearly five-year leadership. A victory would boost Abe's chances of winning another three-year term next September as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. That could extend 5

October 21, 2017 9:26 PM The Latest: Catalan leader urges strong response to Spain

Catalonia's separatist leader wants the regional parliament to debate and vote on how to respond to what he called the Spanish government's "attempt to wipe out" Catalonia's autonomy. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, front raw, center, takes part at a march to protest against the National Court's decision to imprison civil society leaders, in Barcelona 3

October 21, 2017 7:54 PM Far-right scores surprise success in Czech election

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A far-right party whose leader wants to quit the EU and urged Czechs to walk pigs near mosques and stop eating kebabs, performed surprisingly well in an election, potentially giving it a chance to influence how the next government is formed. The Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party rode a wave of far-right sentiment in Europe in an election 6

October 20, 2017 11:04 AM Spain plans to hold early election in Catalonia next year

The move aims to resolve the country's political crisis, but won't go down well with pro-independence activists. A spokesman from the opposition Spanish Socialist Workers Party said on Friday that an agreement had been reached with Spain's government on holding a new election in Catalonia in January. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government 9

October 19, 2017 9:44 PM Putin says Russia has 'caught up with US missile capabilities' and will respond if America quits Cold War arms treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that Moscow has 'caught up with US missile capabilities' and will respond if America quits a landmark Cold War nuclear treaty. Speaking to international policy experts at the Valdai forum in Sochi, Putin said Russia will respond immediately and symmetrically if the United States quits the 1987 Intermediate-range 5

October 19, 2017 4:03 PM The Latest: Russia to retaliate if US restricts Russia media

Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning that Moscow would retaliate immediately if Washington restricts the operations of Russian news outlets in the United States. Putin said Thursday at the Valdai forum of foreign policy experts in Sochi that Russia will “momentarily respond quid pro quo” if Washington imposes restrictions on the Russian state-funded 12

October 18, 2017 10:14 AM The Latest: Catalan official rules out holding new election

A top Catalan official is ruling out the possibility of holding a new election as a way out of the region's political impasse with Spain. Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency, Raul Romeva speaks during a media conference at the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the EU in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia 8

October 18, 2017 9:07 AM Sequel launched to Mandela's 'Long Walk' autobiography

The sequel to Nelson Mandela's celebrated autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" will be released on Thursday after his unfinished draft was completed by a South African writer, his foundation announced. Titled "Dare not Linger", the book tells of Mandela's five years as president after the end of apartheid and the first multi-race elections in South Africa